Waterford Whispers News is Ireland’s answer to The Onion, a parody news website that frequently produces satire that is often as brilliant and biting as it is poorly proof-read.
Well because WWN published a satirical article entitled “Denis O’Brien Receives 20 Year Jail Sentence For Mobile Phone Licence Bribe in Parallel Universe”. O’Brien’s lawyers responded thought this was so hi-larious that they threatened WWN with legal action, forcing the site to remove the post.
Clearly, this can only mean one thing.
Denis O’Brien has won. That article, the last feeble gasp of defiance against his stranglehold on the Irish media has been quashed. That article shall never be seen by anyone again, and Denis O’Brien can rest easy knowing that he has triumphed totally and utterly and oh look here’s the entire thing courtesy of Imgur…
Oh well. I’m sure that was just a once off. A glitch it the system. Surely that article will never again resurface on the internet oh lord amercy there it is again…
Oh, you know what, let’s mix things up. Here’s a picture of Denis O’Brien and the article slipping each other the tongue.
You can do so much better, article. Oh, here’s the article explaining to Denis O’Brien that these cows are small, but those cows over there are far away…
Oh, and here’s the article as Batman, smacking his plucky sidekick Denis O’Brien right in the kisser.
I could go on but they get increasingly pornographic. On the very unlikely chance that Mr O’Brien or his legal representatives are reading this, I would like to say something.
Mr O’Brien. Denis. Denny. Del Boy. Fuckface.
Free speech is, in my opinion, the single most vital freedom in any society. We can deal with any issue, problem or injustice in our nation as long as we have the freedom to debate those issues, problems and injustices. And, I’m afraid, yes. That includes you. And your massive wealth that, as is now a matter of public record, was partially derived from corruption. And it includes the malign influence you have have had on this nation’s press, media and politics. It includes the fact that you have, in the words of one foreign journalist,”wiped away the bedrock of any society claiming to be democratic”. It includes the fact that you are the cancer at the heart of our nation.
And, apparently, it includes the fact that you’ve never heard of the Streisand effect.
*Yes that’s a typo. Yes, I realise that after the crack about WWN’s proof-reading that makes me look like a tit. Yes, I’m leaving it in because I figure I need to take my lumps.